This Week's New Films

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It's over five hours long in all, but there's barely a slack moment in this exhilarating Indian epic as it races through generations of smalltown criminal, industrial and political enmity.

Gangs Of Wasseypur Part 2 (18)
(Anurag Kashyap, 2012, Ind) Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Zeishan Quadri, Aditya Kumar, Huma Qureshi. 160 mins

Yes, it's violent, but like all great crime stories it's also a vibrant tapestry of family life and modern history, closer to Leone, Coppola or Tarantino than Bollywood.

Stoker (18)
(Park Chan-wook, 2013, US/UK) Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode. 99 mins

The Oldboy director gives us a sensual, tantalisingly ambiguous thriller, centred on Wasikowska and her shifty smalltown family.

Arbitrage (15)
(Nicholas Jarecki, 2012, US) Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling. 107 mins

Gere's tycoon loses his cool in this juicy thriller, thanks to bad investments and a compromising car crash.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters(15)
(Tommy Wirkola, 2013, Ger/US) Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen. 88 mins

The fairytale siblings tool up and get medieval on child-stealers in this in-your-face (but dodging your brain) actioner.

Caesar Must Die (12A)
(Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, 2012, Ita) 77 mins

Documentary reality and Shakespearean performance merge as real-life inmates perform Julius Caesar in a Rome prison.

The Bay (15)
(Barry Levinson, 2012, US) Kristen Connolly, Christopher Denham. 84 mins

Found-footage "exposé" of a covered-up eco-disaster.

Sleep Tight (15)
(Jaume Balagueró, 2011, Spa) Luis Tosar, Marta Etura. 99 mins

You're never likely to empathise with a stalker, but Tosar excels as a creepy concierge, spreading misery to his residents.

Broken City (15)
(Allen Hughes, 2013, US) Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones. 109 mins

Crowe's crooked mayor leads Wahlberg's fallen cop down a familiar path of deceit and double-cross.

Trashed (12A)
(Candida Brady, 2012, US) 98 mins

Jeremy Irons helps this survey of the world's waste problems go down.

Safe Haven (12A)
(Lasse Hallström, 2013, US) Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel. 115 mins

Typical Nicholas Sparks fare: love blossoms, weepy complications ensue.

Hi-So (15)
(Aditya Assarat, 2010, Thai) Ananda Everingham, Sajee Apiwong. 102 mins

Study of a Thai-American man's cultural dislocation.

Michael H. Profession: Director (NC)
(Yves Montmayeur, 2013, Aus/Fra) 70 mins

Up-to-date doc about Michael Haneke.

The Gospel According To Matthew (PG)
(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964, Ita) Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso. 133 mins

Pasolini tackles the Christ story, favouring neo-realism over religious fanfare.

The Attacks Of 26/11 (18)
(Ram Gopal Varma, 2013, Ind) Nana Patekar, Sanjeev Jaiswal. 116 mins

Docudrama about the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Acoustic Routes(12A)
(Jan Leman, 1992, UK) 101 mins

Bert Jansch documentary.

Out from Friday


A violent assault sends shockwaves through a sleepy suburban cul-de-sac.

Verity's Summer

Teen awakenings and Iraq war trauma in Northumberland.

Out from Tue


Animated essay on the futuristic aspects of the city.

The Princess Bride

Rob Reiner's lovable 1987 fairytale satire rides again.

Oz The Great And Powerful

James Franco leads Disney's expensive fantasy prequel.

Fire With Fire

Josh Duhamel plays a heroic fireman bent on revenge.

Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh's "last" film explores the drawbacks of a new drug.

The Guilt Trip

Seth Rogen hits the road with his mom – Barbra Streisand – in a road-trip comedy.


Jason Statham plays a wronged man looking to get even. Again.

Robot & Frank

Frank Langella stars in the futuristic tale of an old man gets up to mischief with his android accomplice.

Coming soon

In two weeks ... Steve Carell brings the magic in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone … Phil Daniels spins Vinyl

In three weeks ... Nicholas Hoult climbs the beanstalk in Jack The Giant Slayer … Snoop Dogg's Rasta conversion in Reincarnated

In a month ... Danny Boyle returns with hypno-heist thriller Trance … The next Twilight? Stephenie Meyer's The Host

Powered by article was written by Steve Rose, for The Guardian on Saturday 2nd March 2013 06.00 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010